Take one or more of the steps below to put this issue in front of key policymakers and organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
Tweet to Senator Chris Coons (D - Delaware) @ChrisCoons and Senator Jeff Flake (R - Arizona) @JeffFlake to show your support for bi-partisan legislation to completely ban ivory and combat illegal ivory trafficking.
Tell Interpol it’s time for Ivory Notices – a new wildlife trafficking arrest notice – to name names and issue arrest warrants for known ivory smugglers and suppliers.
In 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order to combat wildlife trafficking. It coordinated government activities and established a Task Force to stop trade. It’s time for the next step – upping the punishment for ivory smuggling to deter imports. Write the White House asking for a progress report.
Contact the United Nations and ask the Sanctions Committee to add wildlife poachers and smugglers to the roster of people and companies publically shamed and financially punished.
The U.S. is the second-largest market for elephant ivory in the world, partly due to unregulated domestic trade serving as a loophole that gives cover for illegal trade. Ivory sales are now prohibited unless the seller can prove it was imported before 1990. So, if you see ivory being sold, call it out on Yelp.